The Renegade Queen
by Eva Flynn
GENRE: Historical fiction
So controversial she was erased from history.
She was the first women to run for President; campaigning before women could vote.
So feared by the powerful, she was thrown in jail on Election Day.
Her social revolution attracted the outcasts who were left out of the new wealth in New York; the immigrants, the freed slaves, the prostitutes, and the radicals.
Who was she?
This is the true story of Victoria Woodhull.
I was born in September, the sixth of ten children (counting the dead ones), and named after Queen Victoria, who was then in the first year of her reign. When folks asked Mama why her camp meeting baby was named after the British monarch, the answer was “Because one day she will be the Queen of England.” When folks pointed out the obvious, namely that we were poor Americans and did not have a drop of British royal blood, Mama replied, “We pride ourselves on never letting minor details interfere with our grand plans.”
This was a classic historical fiction filled with rich detail and striking prose. Anytime the story meandered and lost speed, it was never so long as to make me grow bored with the book. What made this story unique was the passion for justice and equality that Victoria held so dear even though she had never experienced it herself. I found her to be a remarkable character, and was fascinated with learning more about this time in history, even if through the lens of fiction. There were many characters whose stories could have been told, and maybe one day the author will share them with us!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Eva was raised on bedtime stories of feminists (the tooth fairy even brought Susan B. Anthony dollars) and daytime lessons on American politics. On one fateful day she discovered two paragraphs about Victoria Woodhull in the WXYZ volume of the World Book Encyclopedia. When she realized that neither of her brilliant parents (a political science professor and a feminist) had never heard of her, it was the beginning of a lifelong fascination not only with Victoria Woodhull but in discovering the stories that the history books do not tell.
Eva was born and raised in Tennessee, earned her B.A. in Political Science from DePauw in Greencastle, Indiana and still lives in Indiana. Eva enjoys reading, classic movies, and travelling. She loves to hear from readers, you may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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